It felt like Mikaela was meant for us: Foster mum

Girl adopted by foster parents; such adoptions uncommon in S'pore - fewer than 10 a year

Madam Tay Hwee Ling and her husband Kelvin Lim adopted Mikaela (centre), five, whom they have taken care of since her birth. Seated behind them are the Lim's biological children, who are aged between 12 and 16. There have been a few foster parents li
Madam Tay Hwee Ling and her husband Kelvin Lim adopted Mikaela (centre), five, whom they have taken care of since her birth. Seated behind them are the Lim's biological children, who are aged between 12 and 16. There have been a few foster parents like them who have adopted the children under their care. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
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When Mikaela's unmarried birth mother decided to give the toddler up for adoption, her foster parents - who had been looking after her since she was born - did not hesitate to adopt her.

Public servant Kelvin Lim and his homemaker wife Tay Hwee Ling, both 43, have four children of their own, who are aged between 12 and 16. Madam Tay said: "It felt like Mikaela was meant for us, like it was destined. Everyone adores her and we felt we are the only family she knows."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 16, 2020, with the headline It felt like Mikaela was meant for us: Foster mum. Subscribe